7 Must-Have Characteristics Of A True Child Of God.

Are wondering whether you are a true child of God? Then, this post on the 7 vital characteristics of a true child of God will be of great help to you.

There are many characteristics that will show you are truly God’s child on your way to heaven where you will spend eternity with God there in everlasting joy and bliss.

Everyone nowadays including many believers claim to be children of God but their action proves otherwise. Just because you go to church every Sunday doesn’t make you God’s child.

If you claim to be a true Christian and a child of God, then, there are unmistakable mandatory traits you need to have that will show you are indeed God’s child.

With that said, let us look at the 7 must-have characteristics of a true child of God you need to have in your Christian life if you are a true follower of our Lord Jesus Christ.

7 Traits Of A True Child Of God.

Below are the 7 major traits of true bonafide Children of God who are truly saved and are on their way to heaven.

  • Lives A Life Of Holiness.
  • Hate Sin.
  • Truly Born Again.
  • Filled With God’s Holy Spirit.
  • Loves The Lord.
  • Loves Others.
  • Obey God.

1. Lives A Life Of Holiness.

One of the major unmistakable characteristics you will notice if a person is a true child of God is they will live a life of holiness and righteousness that’s above sin.

Implies that a child of God doesn’t live a sinful lifestyle due to the new nature of Christ Jesus in them Ephesians 4:24 talks about what every true Christian inherits when they have a genuine salvation experience.

You can’t claim to be God’s child if you are still living in sin because 1 John 3:8 tells us that a person who sins is of the devil as the devil sinned from the beginning. Conversely, a person who does righteousness is of God as He’s righteous.

As a true bonafide child of God, you will live a holy life as you know Jesus Christ has called you unto the high way of holiness. Since He’s holy, you also be holy as well as we are told in 1 Peter 1:16 in the new testament.

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2. Hate Sin.

Another characteristic that will show you are truly God’s child filled with His Holy Spirit are you will hate the sins and sinful lifestyle you once loved like no man’s business.

Instead, you will now love to follow after righteousness because of the new nature of Christ Jesus in you that makes you hate the sinful lifestyle you once loved and make you want to follow after righteousness.

If you claim to be a child of God and are still in love with certain sins in your life you are not willing to fully give up yet, you are merely lying to yourself and you still belong to the kingdom of darkness.

2 Timothy 2:19 tells us that God knows who is truly His and His foundation stands sure and if you claim to be God’s child and profess the name of the Lord, you must depart from iniquity.

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3. Truly Born Again.

It’s just a matter of fact that if you are a true Child of God, you also be genuinely born again with a genuine salvation experience that makes you a new creation in Christ Jesus.

Being born again is crucial because it’s what brings about the new nature of Christ and removes the old sinful Adamic nature we are all born with that makes us inherently sinful and fulfills our sinful passions and fleshy desires that are contrary to God’s word.

It’s why Jesus Christ tells us in John 3:3-5 that no one can enter God’s kingdom unless one is truly born again and has experienced the new birth experience.

You can’t be God’s child if you are not born again as your old man of sin is still active in your life that has yet to be dealt with at the cross of Calvary. So, if you are not born again, yet be today and right now before it’s too late.

Related: How To Be Truly Born Again In 7 Simple Steps (+Video Sermon)?

4. Filled With God’s Holy Spirit.

Also, if you are a true child of God who professes the Christian faith and lives by it, you will be filled by the Holy Spirit who will be your comforter and your guide in life.

Jesus Christ tells promises us in John 16:13 that if we are His true followers, He will send us the Spirit of truth that will guide us in all truth and keep us from stumbling or being led astray by Satan’s lies that are rampant nowadays everywhere we go be it in church.

Being filled with the Holy Spirit is vital in the life of every true believer as it makes it easier for you to overcome sin, live a victorious Christian life, and boldly live for Christ Jesus, especially during times of persecution.

If you don’t have God’s Spirit in your life, you will easily give up when things get hard on your Christian journey as you will lack a comforter who’s the Holy Spirit to comfort and encourage you in your trials of faith so that you can overcome.

Related: How To Regain The Holy Spirit If You Backslid? [+ Sermon].

5. Loves The Lord.

In the Old Testament in Deuteronomy 6:5, we are told that we must love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, strength, might, and mind which is the first golden rule given to us as mankind.

If you are a child of God, you will love Him with all your heart, which will show by the commitment you have towards His things. Implying that you must strive to please God, not your sinful flesh or self.

Nothing will be more joyful for you than to serve the Lord with all your heart and do what He commands you to do because you love Him.

Since you love God, no sacrifice will be too much for you to offer to Him. Many Christians today sadly, only claim to love the Lord with their lips but are unwilling to fully sacrifice their lives for Him and do His will. This ought not to be so, dear saint.

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6. Loves Others.

If you are truly God’s child who understands what being a true disciple and follower of Jesus Christ is all about, you will love others as Christ first loved you.

Implying that you will desire to serve others rather than being served and not love others just because you have something you can benefit from them.

Our Lord Jesus Christ tells us in John 13:34 that we must selflessly love others just as He’s loved us. That is to say, our love for our fellow brothers and sisters in the Lord must not be based on selfish motives or agendas.

We are also told in 1 John 4:7 that if you love others, you are indeed God’s child and born of God. on the contrary, verse 8 of the same chapter tells us that if you hate others, you don’t know God at all as God is love.

Related: 12 Practical Examples Of Agape Love God Wants Us To Show.

7. Obey God.

Last but not least, if you are truly God’s child, you will obey God’s word and keep His commandments. Jesus Christ further tells us in John 14:15, that if we truly love Him, we will keep His commandments.

Otherwise, we are just deceiving ourselves if we claim to love God and aren’t interested in obeying His word which is sadly the case with many fake Christians today who profess the Christian faith but live lives contrary to God’s word.

You need to bear in mind that you can’t be God’s child if you are living a life of disobedience to His word as that just shows you are still the child of the devil though you go to church every Sunday and sing in the choir.

All true Children of God live in obedience to God’s word and that will be the case with you if you are a true Child of God who’s been truly saved and born again on your way to heaven.

Related: 7 Must-Have Qualities Of A Person Who Truly Loves God.


The above 7 characteristics of a true child of God are among many listed in the bible that you will have in your Christian life if you are truly His without fail.

May what you have read above be a reminder of what being a true child of God who has eternal life and is on their way to heaven is all about.

In closing, if what you have read above was edifying to you, let me know in the comments below, and don’t forget to share before you leave as many need to see this. God bless.

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